Supervisors approve next step for new fire station

A Los Angeles County Fire Department truck moves quickly to scene.
A Los Angeles County Fire Department truck moves quickly to scene. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors progressed steps to bring a new fire station to Santa Clarita at their meeting Tuesday.

Board members unanimously approved to knock down the current Fire Station 104 and build a new fire station down the street.

“It is (Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s) intent to ensure safety for the Santa Clarita Valley,” Barger’s Communication Deputy Tony Bell said. “Today’s motion was part of the effort to build a new state-of-the-art fire station and make room for the city to build a new sheriff’s station.”

Dismantling the old station will make way for the City of Santa Clarita to build the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on site, according to Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Public Information Officer Mike Kaspar.

“We’re going to have to disassemble the temporary station in order for the city to begin construction on the sheriff’s station,” Kaspar said.

The new fire station, which will be located at 26901 Golden Valley Road, will be 10,700-square-feet and will include a two bay apparatus room, a main office, a training room, a day room, a kitchen, an exercise room and dormitory quarters for nine personnel.

“Upon completion, the new Fire Station 104 will provide improved fire protection, emergency medical and life safety services to the expanding community of Santa Clarita,” the board letter read.

Construction on the new fire station will start in April 2018 and the old fire station will be dismantled in June 2018.

The new Fire Station 104 is estimated to cost $8.4 million. Bids for construction contracts are due by Dec. 19.

Dismantling and storage of the existing fire station will cost an estimated $500,000. Parts of the old station will be repurposed, according to Kaspar.

An Environmental Impact Report for the project has already been certified, so a new one will not need to be conducted as specified in the California Environmental Quality Act, according to the board agenda.

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